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7 February 2019
Malcolm Gladwell announces his first book in six years

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know will be published in September 2019. 

24 January 2019
A new novel from E.L James

Your first look at The Mister, the new book from Fifty Shades author E L James.

10 January 2019
Announcing a new novel from Thomas Harris

From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs comes a new story of evil, greed and the consequences of dark obsession.

10 December 2018
Announcing a new novel by John le Carré

Agent Running in the Field will be published in October 2019.

4 December 2018
New Jackson Brodie Novel by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky will be published on 18th June 2019.

27 November 2018
Margaret Atwood Writing Handmaid’s Tale Sequel

The Testaments is to be published September 2019.

Extracts

I Owe You One

The trouble with me is, I can’t let things go.

Out of the Dark

A man melted into the throng of tourists gathered along the E Street walkway.

The Wedding Guest

No Regrets. Stupid name for a signature cocktail. Brears had found the recipe online, this tequila-Baileys thing.

Pearly Gates

When Pearly was in a north-facing upstairs bedroom, he saw through the window a woman come briskly to the neighbour’s back door, which opened without the need for her to pause on entry.

The Mister

Alessia opens the door but freezes on the threshold of the room.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Extract

Diary of a Wimpy Kid world to expand in April 2019 with new book: DIARY OF AN AWESOME FRIENDLY KID

Articles

Fact Behind Fiction: The Real Life Showtym Adventure Ponies

Each story in the Showtym Adventures series is inspired by a true event from the Wilson sisters’ childhood, so every pony featured in the series has a real-life counterpart! We talked to Kelly Wilson to find out more about the real-life Showtym ponies.

Real Readers Review: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

We asked young Kiwi readers all over NZ to read and review Sam Copeland’s side-splitting debut junior fiction novel – here’s what they had to say:

Real Readers Review: The Whispers

We asked young Kiwi readers all over NZ to read and review Greg Howard’s magical and mysterious middle grade novel – here’s what they had to say!

Puffin Grants 2019

To celebrate Puffin’s upcoming 80th Anniversary, Penguin Random House New Zealand are awarding $20,000 in grants to local booksellers who are passionate about encouraging young readers in their community.

The 6 Basic Rules of Tidying

After honing the art of tidying since the age of 15, Marie Kondo turned her attention to sharing her unique method with the world through her consultancy, two bestselling books and Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Here are Marie's six rules of tidying.

My Inspirations For Writing The Rumour

I started writing this novel in August 2017, but the original idea came to me a few years before when someone I was working with passed on a rumour to me.

Recipes

Crockpot Bread

A simple and affordable bread recipe from Save Make Do.

Tuna Fettuccine

Delicious pasta with baby zucchini, cherry tomatoes, pecorino and crushed almonds from Jamie Cooks Italy.

White Chocolate and Berry Coconut Mountains

A sweet, festive treat from Rachel Khoo’s Little Swedish Kitchen.

Berry Pancakes

Thick, spongy pancakes from The Cook’s Apprentice – perfect for a special breakfast.

Panna Cotta with Shortbread and Strawberries

We’re fans of panna cotta set in a glass or dish as you can use less gelatine since you don’t need to turn it out. This is paired with local strawberries mixed with limoncello, which is a great combo.

Harissa Chicken Steaks with Kale + Barley Tabouleh

Harissa, a spice mix from North Africa, packs a real flavour punch and is great for marinating any meat.

Q&A

Sophie Kinsella Q&A

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella on her new book, I Owe You One

A Conversation with Catherine Robertson

Questions and answers with the witty and wonderful Catherine Robertson about her latest novel; What You Wish For - A Gabriel's Bay Story.

A Conversation with Christopher Paolini

Questions and answers from Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series and creator of the magical world of Alagaësia.

A Conversation with Michelle Obama

Questions and answers with the former First Lady.

A Day in the Life: Kelly Wilson

When you’re an author/ photographer/ horse tamer/ adventurer is there any such thing as ‘a usual day’? Find out in our interview with Kelly Wilson, author of the Showtym Adventures series.

Where I work from: Ruth Paul

We love seeing the work spaces of creative folk. Join us as award-winning picture book creator Ruth Paul invites us into her studio for a nosy around!

Activities

Penguin Awareness Day Facts

Learn some fun facts about penguins, just in time for penguin awareness day! 

Puffin's 2019 Reading Resolutions

A printable, fun checklist to complete in 2019 for the Puffin reader!

Which Wilson sister are you?

The Wilson sisters might share a love of horses, but each has a very different approach to life and to riding. Are you most like Vicki, Kelly or Amanda? Take this quiz to find out!

Hero of the Sea: Activity

Use the key to unlock the secret message!

New from the Author of Eragon

Continuing the adventures of Eragon, The Fork, The Witch and The Worm: Tales of Alagaësia is a new collection of stories from author Christopher Paolini.

 

 

Roald Dahl Party Pack

The Roald Dahl Party pack has all you need to create the ultimate Dahl Day Party!

Book Clubs

Becoming Book Club Notes

A reading guide for Michelle Obama’s intimate, powerful and inspiring memoir.

SHORT STORY CLUB – 29 NOVEMBER 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 29 November 2018.

The Pearl Thief Book Club Notes

A sweeping, epic story of love and betrayal from Fiona McIntosh; The Pearl Thief will leave a lasting impression on your book club.

SHORT STORY CLUB – 13 DECEMBER 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 13 December 2018

SHORT STORY CLUB – 18 OCTOBER 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 18 October 2018

SHORT STORY CLUB – 4 OCTOBER 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 4 October 2018

Bonus

Meet the characters: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie Changes into a Chicken is the first book in a side-splitting new series by Sam Copeland and illustrated by Sarah Horne, it's about 9-year-old Charlie McGuffin who has an incredible secret...

Head Back To School With Puffin Picks!

This February, purchase any TWO Puffin picks and receive a FREE customisable book bag.

 

 

Colonial Tiny House - Manawatu

Many people know the Manawatu– Wanganui region only as a flat, green slice of provincial quietness that you drive through on the way from Wellington to the Central Plateau.

A Note from Monica

Start reading an exclusive animated extract of The Trip of a Lifetime.

Start a Book Club

Eight simple tips for getting your reading group up and running.

Enter the Red Wake

Join Kurt Johnson on his travels through the former Eastern Bloc.